Sri Lanka’s Mendis working on new delivery
Kandy: He mesmerised Australia`s Twenty20 players and Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis is developing a new delivery which could emerge in the one-day series.
The unorthodox spinner claimed 6-16 - the first six-wicket haul in international T20 cricket - as Sri Lanka wrapped up a 2-0 series sweep with an eight-run win in Kandy on Monday.
Remarkably Mendis, 26, is trying to cement his spot in the Sri Lanka team after being snubbed for the recent tour of England and he`s wary of changing much for the five one-day matches against the touring Australians.
"I don`t intend to do many changes for the ODIs," Mendis told reporters.
"I just want to bowl line and length and do the various right (things). If I bowl well I know I can take wickets."
But worryingly for Australia`s batsmen, the hard-to-pick Mendis also confirmed he was in the process of adding another weapon to an arsenal which already includes his signature `carrom ball`, flippers, off-breaks, leg-breaks, top-spinners and googlies.
"I am developing a new ball," Mendis said.
"But I haven`t still tried that and hopefully it will come out soon."
Mendis said the England tour setback had probably contributed to his outstanding form.
"Missing out on England matches may have been one reason. I worked extremely hard to get back into the team."
"All the bowlers are doing well and you have to work extremely hard to get back to the side and I believe this was the effort of that hard work."
Mendis` captain, Tillakaratne Dilshan, is also keen to maintain the status quo and feels despite Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Xavier Doherty and Doug Bollinger joining the Australians for the one-dayers, that his team will still emerge victorious.
"The way we played the last two games if we continue we can win the ODI series as well," Dilshan said.
"True three senior players will be back in their side with Clarke, Ponting and Michael Hussey. But if we do the things that we do right, there`s no reason why we shouldn`t win the ODIs."